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Carolina Mini Workshop Registration

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Carolina Mini Workshop registration is open.

Anybody interested in attending the Carolina Mini Workshop

please visit the following sight Carolina Mini Workshop

The 2nd annual Carolina Mini Workshop will be held at the Morrisette Conference Center in Charlotte NC on September 27th. With the excitement of a cosmopolitan city and the ease of Southern charm, Charlotte presents a unique atmosphere where big city style meets down-home appeal.

Cost of this years event is $25 per adult and $10 per child 12 and under.

Lunch will be provided as will refreshments and snacks thru out the day.

We have the following presentations scheduled.

  • LOR - Robin


  • Wireframes - John


  • LED - Annalisa


  • What to do between the shows - Christmas radio on the cheap - David Brown


  • Taking pictures & shooting video of your display -William Bottomley


  • Mega Tree and Light Snake - Kenny Greer


  • Ron Lister's "Coro Star" Lab - Carl Zachary


  • DIY Presentation By Wayne James

Friday night there will be an informal meet and greet at the hotel ...starts around 6pm until whenever...

bring stuff to play with and BYOB...snacks will be provided.

There will also be a meeting of the red cup society...lol...and John Bullard

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Very interested in attending your 9/27 mini-workshop in Charlotte, NC.

I have one or two others in this area I will contact for you to determine their interest. Looking forward to this event. Was at PLUS2007. I live in Winston-Salem.

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Glad you'll be able to make it! Tell everyone you can.

Very interested in attending your 9/27 mini-workshop in Charlotte, NC.

I have one or two others in this area I will contact for you to determine their interest. Looking forward to this event. Was at PLUS2007. I live in Winston-Salem.

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